I received my copy of Radical Together yesterday, and I am already finished reading it. This was a book that was hard to put down. It is challenging and engaging at the same time. I confess that I haven’t yet read David’s first book, Radical, but I plan to do so in the near future thanks to this book.
I am encouraged to see that so many are choosing to engage in a life of faith that goes beyond the culture we are accustomed to here in the western world. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not a call to comfort or ease or wealth or prosperity; it is a call to sacrifice, suffering and possible loss in the midst of joy in the journey. David captures the mind and the spirit and is careful to point his readers back to Scripture itself; directing his readers to see for themselves the basis for his assertions.
This isn’t a comfortable book. If you elect to read this, prepare to be challenged and possibly changed. Your view of God and His work and plan in the world may get turned upside down. This book will challenge you to look beyond the good things to grasp the great things of God, as David uses a technique from our Master’s toolkit and works with phrases that seem almost contradictory at first glance but prove to be true in practical terms.
You can get a taste of this by checking out the first chapter online, in which David asserts that “one of the worst enemies of Christians is good things in the church.” The other chapter statements offer similarly “backwards” concepts that have to be chewed on which you can see on the title page at the link above, but I have to say something about the final chapter.
The statement for the final chapter is, “we are selfless followers of a self-centered God.” This one stood out to me the moment I hit the table of contents, but I resisted the urge to read the last chapter first and I recommend you do as well. I won’t give it all away here, but it has to do with the fact that God doesn’t need you or I to accomplish His plan, yet He includes us in His plan because He loves us.
This isn’t an exercise in theory either. David and his congregation are living the same journey he is inviting others to discover. I highly encourage you to read Radical Together, it is a fantastic view of the work of God in His people.
One final thing, in order to be faithfully transparent, I must also mention that I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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